Around the League – previews

Other games for tomorrow:

Nebraska at No. 3 Kansas ESPNU, 1 p.m.

The Huskers edged Iowa State and then lost a close one at Missouri. Few road sites in the country are more difficult than Missouri, but Lawrence is one of them. The Morris twins had great games against Iowa State in Ames. Outside of the Morris twins, Josh Selby presents a major matchup problem for Nebraska, and the Huskers must keep KU from killing them in transition. A fast-paced game would be ugly.

Bottom Line: Kansas has been just good enough several times at home this year. This is conference play and it’s time to wake up and play 40 minutes, whether or not you should win easily anyway. Jayhawks cruise to their 69th straight home win.

Oklahoma at No. 12 Texas

Cade Davis is a role player being asked to be a primary contributor. Source: Sooner Sports

Not a lot to say here. Texas has finally lived up to some preseason hype for once. No shame in a 1 point loss to UConn, and they crushed Texas Tech earlier in the week. The Horns are 2nd nationally in rebounding. I like how they get contributions from a lot of younger players like sophomores J’Covan Brown and Jordan Hamilton, and freshman Tristan Thompson. OU doesn’t have the athleticism to keep up with most of the Big 12, as Baylor made quite obvious.

Bottom Line: Texas wins by three and half touchdowns; visiting OU fans wish they were at the Texas state fair.

Texas Tech at No. 21 Kansas State

Today Curtis Kelly makes his triumphant return. With a full front line again, the Wildcats should pick up where they’ve lacked rebounding lately and hammer Mike Singletary and Texas Tech on the glass. K-State still didn’t look good against Colorado. But Texas Tech has given no signs they can play with a talented K-State team, even one in a major funk. A win here doesn’t mean much for K-State, but you have to start somewhere. The schedule only gets worse.

Bottom Line: K-State should win comfortably even if the play is a little sloppy. The Wildcats must not look ahead to road games in Columbia and College Station, because they’re not ready anyway. I like the Wildcats, who still need a ton of work, by about 15 or 20 points.

Baylor at Iowa State

Ames might not rock the way it did Wednesday night against the Jayhawks, but it should because the Baylor game is a big one for I-State. Think how positive the vibe around this program would be with a win over a contender like Baylor. Although Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter are gone, remember Baylor nearly went to the Final Four last year. And as they showed against OU, they are again an athletic team that will challenge anyone in the league.

Bottom Line: Iowa State’s ceiling for 2011 is much higher than we generally thought it would be, and pretty soon going to Ames will be more than just a trap game. Today, Baylor gets a single-digit win to move to 3-0 in the league.


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